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NHL suspends Winchester three games for elbowing Kelly

Nov 8, 2013, 8:23 PM EDT

Florida forward Jesse Winchester has been suspended three games for elbowing Boston’s Chris Kelly in the head on Thursday night, the NHL has announced.

Winchester, 30, wasn’t penalized on the play but did proceed to fight B’s forward Gregory Campbell in response.

“Rather than make a legal check, Winchester elevates and extends his left elbow, making significant contact to Kelly’s head,” NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan explained. “On this play, the degree in which Winchester extends his elbow, and the force of contact to Kelly’s head is significant.”

Shanahan notes Kelly did nothing to alter his course prior to getting hit (or, contribute to the significance of contact) and that Kelly sustained no injury on the play. Also, Winchester has no history as a repeat offender.

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Winchester will miss Florida’s next three games against Ottawa, the New York Rangers and Anaheim, eligible to return on Nov. 15 for a game in Minnesota. He’ll also forfeit $9,230.76 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Fair

    • drewsylvania - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Too little. Always too little. Except for that Raffi Torres case where the league took a questionable hit and fell over themselves jerking off.

  2. terrier92 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    When will they learn ????

    • sabatimus - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      In which direction?

  3. maria716 - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    What I want to know is when they are going to have a meeting/hearing with the refs & linesman from the game all of whom managed to miss the hit to the head that happened as little as 20ft from them and almost exactly where the puck was?

  4. sabatimus - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Needed to be at least 5 games. But that’s just because I believe suspensions for crap like this need to be increased, preferably twofold or more.

  5. spitfisher - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    When will the suspensions become so severe on blatant events such as this, that this just doesn’t happen anymore. Then the only reviews in the future will be did both parties have the opportunity to avoid the hit. This was pretty blatant you would think by now the players delivering the hit would know the whole games is being watched and reviewed.

  6. homieshome - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    My Gosh the league favors the Bruins so bad. What a joke. This happens to Rangers players on a nightly basis and sometimes there isn’t even a call, much less a suspension.

    • thesportsjudge - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      There was no call.

    • pxland - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      srsly?

    • sabatimus - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      I assume you’re joking.

  7. atteckus - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Winchester intentionally LEAVES HIS FEET to elevate to head level to make the illegal hit. Even though this is his first offense, it is a very serious offense to intentionally elevate to make the other player’s head the principal point of contact. 5 games, plus fair warning that a second offense will result in suspension for half a season (41 games), and a third offense will result in being banned for life.

  8. dewzer - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Glad to see a suspension despite no significant injury. Only way to get rid of this from the game. Could have been really ugly especially if it had been to someone like Bergeron with concussion history or Eriksson just back from one.

  9. soldierone - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Flip the teams, Boston player nails Florida player and nothing happens. Probably wouldn’t even get a penalty. NHL is the land of double standards. Stop trying to make it into wimpy NFL football and let them play.

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